2008-2009 English Courses

ENGL

098

Introduction to Writing

(3)

An introduction to writing expository prose. This course provides an overview of grammar, syntax and paragraph writing so that students can master the skills necessary for success in ENGL 110.

 

ENGL

110

Composition and Research, LE

(4)

This course serves as the college’s composition requirement and introduces students to strategies and forms of argumentation, independent and collaborative intellectual inquiry, uses of critical reading and rhetorical analysis, and issues of grammar and mechanics for professional presentation. Prerequisite: adequate ACT or SAT placement scores or successful completion of ENGL 098.

 

ENGL

200

Special Topics

(1–4)

A changing topics course that approaches specific genres, themes, and periods at the introductory level. Possible topics include science fiction, the literature of mystery, introduction to poetry, utopian literature, practical grammar, and the Gothic tradition. Prerequisite: ENGL 110.

 

ENGL

220

Introduction to Literature, LE

(4)

An introduction to the critical reading, analysis, and evaluation of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and drama. Prerequisite: ENGL 110.

 

ENGL

230

Introduction to Creative Writing

(3)

Students learn the building blocks of creative writing—including diction, figurative language, narrative, imagery, point of view, meter, and form—by reading examples of professional writing, writing short-short stories and poems of their own, and meeting visiting writers. This workshop course emphasizes experimentation and imitation and is designed to expand the student’s repertoire of literary technique. Strongly recommended as a prerequisite to other creative writing courses. Prerequisite: ENGL 110.

 

ENGL 232 Introduction to Shakespeare (4)
An introduction to the comedies, histories, tragedies, and poetry of William Shakespeare, including critical debates about his life and works. Special emphasis is given to the historical context including political and religious controversies. The class also addresses issues surrounding the performance of Shakespeare’s plays, both in the Renaissance and today. Prerequisite: ENGL 110. Teaching majors and minors planning careers in secondary education should take either this course or ENGL 346.
 
ENGL 241 British and American Literature to 1660 (4)
A survey of British and colonial literature from 650 to 1660 with emphasis on the cultural interchanges between medieval, renaissance, and reformation values and literary themes. This course explores the different modes of literary composition that characterize early English and American genres, including the transformation of British forms and ideas in the American colonial environment. Prerequisite: ENGL 220.
 
ENGL 242 British and American Literature after 1660 (4)
A survey of British and American literature from 1660 to the present, this course covers influential authors and literary movements in multiple genres. While exploring the cultural and artistic contexts of individual works, the course also examines the unique interconnection of British and American literary practice from colonial to contemporary literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 220.
 
ENGL 300 Special Topics (1–4)
A changing topics course that addresses specific genres, themes, periods, or eminent writers. Possible topics are the epic, mythology, romance, and postcolonial literature in theory and practice.
 
ENGL 310 Theory and Teaching of Writing (2–4)
This course will introduce you to the teaching of college-level writing as well as the ideas and history that inform it. In addition to learning about rhetoric and composition theory, you will observe how writing is taught in the Westminster College Writing Center and conduct your own writing consultations as the semester progresses. Completing this course will make you eligible to work in the Writing Center as a paid consultant. Students will complete readings on composition theory and practice, observe and conduct consultations in the Writing Center, and write short responses and consultation reports. Offered for variable credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 220 or consent of instructor.
 
ENGL 311 Introduction to Literary Studies (4)
A survey of applied critical approaches to literature with emphasis on the reading process, the application of theory, and materials and methods of literary research. Recommended for students beginning a major or an academic minor in English. Prerequisite: ENGL 241 or ENGL 242.
 
ENGL 320 Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
A course that focuses on the writing of short stories and short-short stories and integrates workshop experience with readings of various narratives and theoretical material. Prerequisite: ENGL 230 or consent of instructor.
 
ENGL 322 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
This course, often taught around a central theme, combines reading of poetry and criticism with workshop discussion of students’ own poems. Meter, form, line, imagery, figurative language, and point of view are among the topics addressed. Students read work of visiting poets and meet with them. Prerequisite: ENGL 230 or consent of instructor.
 
ENGL 324 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (1–4)
A course in writing nonfiction including essays, personal narratives, and articles. Writing for workshop will be balanced by readings of various model texts. Prerequisite: ENGL 230 or consent of instructor.
 
ENGL 326 College Publications: Ellipsis (1)
Students learn how to evaluate contemporary literature and how to produce a literary/arts magazine, the nationally recognized student-edited journal Ellipsis. In the fall semester, the emphasis is on evaluating submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, and visual art; in the spring semester, the focus is on design, layout, publicity, and updating the journal’s website. Students also meet with visiting writers and editors. May be taken four times for credit. No prerequisites.
 
ENGL 329 Special Topics in Creative Writing (1–4)
Advanced course focusing on changing topics in creative writing.
 
ENGL 330 Survey of Critical Theory (4)
A survey of the influential philosophies that shape our relationship to literature. This course will examine classic texts and contemporary trends in criticism to familiarize students with literary theory and position them to apply its insights to their own reading and thinking. Prerequisite: ENGL 311 or by permission of instructor.
 
ENGL 331 History and Structure of Language (4)
The study of language as a symbolic system with a special emphasis on English. Includes an introduction to the history and structure of the English language; language acquisition and evolution; English syntactic and grammatical structure; and beginning Anglo-Saxon. Prerequisite: ENGL 220 or 311.
 
ENGL 339 Studies in Method, Theory, and Genre (1–4)
This course is an opportunity for students to examine closely one or more of the theoretical issues introduced in such classes as 311 and 330. Students will gain an understanding of theoretical approaches to literary study, methods of applying theory to works of literature, theories and conventions of genre, and the works of literary theorists. Possible topics include structuralism and poststructuralism, poetics, anthropology and literary theory, archetypal criticism, and ecocriticism. Prerequisite: ENGL 311.
 
ENGL 344 Medieval Literature (4)
A course focusing on British literature before 1500 with attention to language change; contemporaneous intellectual, social, and religious issues; historical contexts; literary sources; and generic conventions. Possible topics to be offered include Anglo-Saxon literature, fourteenth-century poetry, Chaucer, and women in medieval literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 311.
 
ENGL 345 Renaissance Literature (4)
A course focusing on British literature between 1500 and 1660 with attention to developments in English politics, religion, education, and social structure. Emphasis will be given to emerging genres such as secular drama and short poetry and to the emergence of diverse new audiences for whom the theater and printing press made literature accessible. Possible topics to be offered include Spenser, Renaissance drama, metaphysical poetry, and Milton. Prerequisite: ENGL 311.
 
ENGL 346 Shakespeare and the English Renaissance (4)
An in-depth study of selected Shakespeare plays and poems with special attention to the historical and literary context of Renaissance England. Students will learn about the rich tradition of criticism and interpretation surrounding his works as well as various theoretical approaches to Shakespeare. The class will also study Shakespeare in performance, both on stage and in movies. Prerequisite: ENGL 220. Secondary teaching majors and minors should take ENGL 232 or ENGL 346.
 
ENGL 347 British Classicism through Victorianism (4)
An examination of aspects of British literature between 1660 and 1900. Students will explore this era of constant experimentation with the forms and conventions of earlier literary periods. Attention will be paid to genre change and development, social representation and satire, and the portrayal of society, nature, and women in literary works. Possible topics include the literature of the Enlightenment, romantic poetry, Victorian literature, and wit and satire. Prerequisite: ENGL 311.
 
ENGL 348 British Modernism through Postmodernism (4)
This course examines the lively and provoking work of British 20th-century writers and will investigate major genres, significant themes, and unifying outlooks from across the century. Students will learn about international developments in literature, experimentation in form and style, and the influence of war, depression, and other political, social, and economic factors. Significant themes include politics and modernism, women’s literature, and the avant-garde in Britain. Prerequisite: ENGL 311.
 
ENGL 349 Studies in British Literature (1–4)
A special topics course in an area of British literature, typically spanning genres, themes, and literary periods. Students will use texts to make connections across literary periods and will develop the ability to contrast changing cultural and textual practices through time. Possible topics to be offered include Arthurian literature, Restoration drama, the Gothic novel, and imperialism and postcolonialism. Prerequisite: ENGL 311.
 
ENGL 351 American Literature before 1865 (4)
Survey of major works from Native American oral texts and Puritan writings to the rhetoric of the American Revolution and the development of American romanticism. Prerequisite: ENGL 311.
 
ENGL 352 American Realism and Modernism (4)
The course will trace formal and thematic developments in American fiction from 1865 to 1945, including schools of realism, naturalism, modernism, and social realism. In addition to analyzing literary trends, forms, and themes, we will consider ideological and historical contexts for selected texts. Prerequisite: ENGL 311.
 
ENGL 353 American Literature after 1945 (4)
The course will emphasize thematic developments within the contemporary American experience from a cross-cultural perspective by focusing on representative texts and genres since World War II. When possible, the course will include the study of poets visiting the college. Prerequisite: ENGL 311 or by permission of instructor.
 
ENGL 356 Studies in American Literature (1–4)
A changing topics course considering specific themes, genres, and topics spanning the American experience. Possible emphases include American poetry, modernism and postmodernism, the American West, regionalism in American literature, and African American, Latino, Native American, or Asian American and other U.S. minority literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 311.
 
ENGL 357 Environmental Literature (3)
Survey of a broad range of works concerning the American environment and parallel historical and cultural trends. Works are selected from poetry, fiction, and such nonfiction genres as nature essays, autobiography, travel narrative, and political writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 220.
 
ENGL 361 World Literatures in Translation (1–4)
Survey of the literary history and development of a particular culture, language group, nation, or world region through works in translation. Different topics may be taken more than once for credit. Sample topics include the literature of Europe, Asia, Africa, France, Russia, Japan, Spain, and Spanish-speaking America. Courses may focus on a specific writer or group of writers such as Dante, Cervantes, or contemporary novelists from India. Prerequisite: ENGL 220.
 
ENGL 371 Advanced Expository Writing (3)
An advanced writing course emphasizing argumentation, rhetoric, and analysis. Students concentrate on developing a clear, precise style and a distinctive voice. Choice of topics may reflect major fields of study and career orientation. Recommended for students considering graduate school in the professions or in English. Prerequisite: ENGL 110.
 
ENGL 382 Methods of Teaching English (3)
Preparation for secondary and elementary teaching majors and minors to teach language arts in grades 7 through 12. Includes methods of teaching language, grammar, composition, and literature. Students should take this course as they near completion of their coursework. Prerequisite: ENGL 220.
 
ENGL 383 Children’s Literature (3)
Survey of literature for elementary-age children, emphasizing literary and artistic merit as well as the scope of children’s literature. Also examines the place of literature in elementary school curricula. Prerequisite: ENGL 220.
 
ENGL 384 Literature for Young Adults (3)
Survey of literature for adolescents, emphasizing literary and artistic merit as well as varieties of literary expression. Also examines the place of literature in secondary school curricula. Prerequisite: ENGL 220.
 
ENGL 401 Directed Studies (1–4)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive study of topics not otherwise offered in the English Program. Hours are arranged. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.
 
ENGL 402 Thesis (4)
A course to support and guide English majors, participants in the Honors Program, and other upper-division students who are developing the skills to produce a well-researched, fully documented, comprehensive thesis on a literary or related topic. Hours are arranged. Prerequisites: ENGL 311 and senior standing or consent of instructor.
 
ENGL 403 Senior Seminar (4)
A capstone course for English majors ordinarily taken during one of the last two semesters of undergraduate study. The Senior Seminar gives a small group of students the opportunity to work with a faculty member in her or his specialty and the chance to interact with other advanced students in a seminar setting. Students will demonstrate their ability to grapple with complex issues of literary study and conduct advanced research. The course culminates in the successful completion of a written research project. Prerequisite: ENGL 311 and senior standing or consent of instructor.
 
ENGL 440 Internship (1–8)
Offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, completion of the Career Resource Center Internship Workshop, and consent of program director and Career Center Internship Coordinator.